Javier Ramirez began his FMCS career as a Commissioner in 2005. He is currently a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service serving as the FMCS Deputy Director of Field Operations, responsible for leading all U.S. Federal Mediators. President Biden nominated Mr. Ramirez to be the 20th Director of FMCS in June 2021.
During his time as a Commissioner, Javier mediated disputes in all sectors of the economy (except air and rail) in professions such as the performing arts, public safety, education, healthcare, and manufacturing. He served on the facilitation team for several regulatory negotiations, including the Department of Energy (DOE) negotiations that resulted in the largest energy-saving rule in DOE history. Javier also trained and facilitated parties in various collaborative bargaining models. Notably, Javier collaborated with colleagues to create the FMCS Affinity Bargaining model. He represented the Agency in international tripartite training efforts in Bangladesh and trained all New Zealand labor mediators on collaborative bargaining.
Javier is regularly requested to present at national and regional conferences on conflict management topics. He has guest-lectured on labor relations and conflict management at the University of Illinois, University of Colorado Boulder, National Defense University, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, and other universities.
Prior to FMCS, Javier spent over 14 years in labor relations negotiating contracts and resolving disputes in areas such as immigration, contract administration, communication, staffing, and politics. His efforts have been featured in various publications.
When not in DC, Javier enjoys the performing arts and exploring the great outdoors with his wife and two adult children.